so just days ago. the original explanation for what happened the evening of september 11 was that an america-made movie denigrating islam had incited a mob, which had then stormed the u.s. consulate in benghazi. that attack left four americans dead, including u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stephens. but in the weeks since, even as protests spread across the muslim world over the anti- muslim film, a chorus of doubt grew over whether militant extremists, including al qaeda , had planned the attack to coincide with september 11. and the entire issue, perhaps inevitably, grew into a political dispute. earlier this week, eight leading house republicans sent the president this letter, saying they were quote, "disturbed by the public statements made by members of the administration that would lead the american public to believe this attack was a protest gone wrong, rather than what it truly was-- a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11."